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Type 2 diabetes - what to ask your doctor

What to ask your provider about diabetes - type 2

Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong disease that causes a high level of sugar (glucose) in your blood. It can damage your organs. It can also lead to a heart attack or stroke and cause many other health problems. You can do many things to control your symptoms, prevent damage due to diabetes, and make your life better.

Below are questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your diabetes.

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Ask your provider to check the nerves, skin, and pulses in your feet. Also ask these questions:

Ask your provider about getting exercise:

When should I next have an eye doctor check my eyes? What eye problems should I call my doctor about?

Ask your provider about meeting with a dietitian. Questions for the dietitian may include:

Ask your provider about your diabetes medicines:

How often should I check my blood sugar level at home? Should I do it at different times of the day? What is too low? What is too high? What should I do if my blood sugar is too low or too high?

Should I get a medical alert bracelet or necklace? Should I have glucagon at home?

Ask your provider about symptoms that you are having if they have not been discussed. Tell your provider about blurred vision, skin changes, depression, reactions at injection sites, sexual dysfunction, tooth pain, muscle pain, or nausea.

Ask your provider about other tests you may need, such as cholesterol, A1C, and a urine test to check for kidney problems.

Ask your provider about vaccinations you should have like the flu shot, hepatitis B, or pneumonia vaccines.

How should I take care of my diabetes when I travel?

Ask your provider how you should take care of your diabetes when you are sick:

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Diabetes - when you are sick
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Diabetes and exercise
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Low blood sugar - self-care
Managing your blood sugar
ACE inhibitors

References

American Diabetes Association. 3. Comprehensive medical evaluation and assessment of comorbidities: standards of medical care in diabetes-2018. Diabetes Care. 2018;41(Suppl 1):S28-S37. PMID: 29222374 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29222374.

Dungan KM. Management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. In: Jameson JL, De Groot LJ, de Kretser DM, et al, eds. Endocrinology: Adult and Pediatric. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 48.

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Review Date: 7/12/2018  

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